4th/5th Grade Foundations Homeroom Teacher and Reading / Learning Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA

Applewild School invites applications for a Foundations 4th/5th grade homeroom and Reading/ Learning Specialist for the 2024-2025 school year.

This position requires the following skills and abilities:

● Generate student-specific goals and strategies.

● Help students acquire appropriate skills and understand required concepts.

● Communicate with families concerning each student’s progress toward meeting goals.

Preferred qualities include:

● A degree in Special Education or equivalent in experience.
● Have experience working with students with Language Based Learning Disabilities in reading and writing as well as math.

● Have a sophisticated understanding regarding ways to teach reading and writing to children challenged in these areas.

● Provide evidence of having worked with students with learning challenges.

● Understand how to help students with executive function challenges to become more independent and confident students.

● Be experienced with curriculum-based assessment.

● Be able to assess student progress.

● Be able to modify instruction to accommodate various student learning profiles.

● Be able to use Google drive and classroom comfortably.

About Applewild School:

Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we are courageously re-imagining ourselves to evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. We have a main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is approximately one hour from Boston. We offer preschool through 9th grade, including a junior boarding program for students in grades 4-9. We additionally have “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on Applewild School’s Fitchburg campus and will serve students in grades one through nine with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities.

We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect, honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive — our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves to deeper and more authentic learning experiences.

When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in diverse perspectives and experiences. We seek smart, creative, and thoughtful professionals who are interested in trying new things knowing that some failures are intrinsic to cultivating a culture of progress. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community.

The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools.

Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

Applewild School

Fitchburg, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Boarding, Day
All Gender